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12 Receive Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Foundation Scholarships

Published Jul. 21, 2015

Twelve young Ohioans have been named recipients of $1,500 college scholarships from the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation Foundation. Supported by the Ohio Farm Bureau Federation, the Foundation annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, engagement in their communities and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

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Farm Bureau opposes marijuana measure

Published Jul. 17, 2015

The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation has announced its opposition to the marijuana legalization measure likely to be on the November 2015 ballot.

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Ohio Farm Bureau Member Savings Testimonials

Published Jul. 10, 2015

Help us share the great savings and service opportunities that are part of Ohio Farm Bureau membership. Fill out this form to share your member savings and services experiences. You will be entered in a drawing for two any day tickets to Cedar Point! Help us help other members make the most of their membership and recruit new members! Your testimonials may be shared in publications, brochures or websites. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Must be 18 years of age and valid Ohio resident to enter. Form must be submitted between July 8, 2015 and July 22, 2015.

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A look at OFBF’s work on the state’s $71 billion operating budget

Published Jul. 10, 2015

Ohio Gov. John Kasich recently signed into law a $71 billion operating budget for the state for fiscal years 2016 and 2017. Ohio Farm Bureau staff members were engaged with legislators during the entire budget bill process on matters of importance to the agricultural community and OFBF members.

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Brochure available about state’s new nutrient application law

Published Jul. 10, 2015

Do you farm in the Western Lake Erie Basin? If you do, a new law went into effect earlier this month that changes how you apply nutrients.

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What you need to know about Ag Districts and Ag Security Areas. Full brochure download available.

Five things you should know about Ag Districts and Ag Security Areas

Published Jul. 9, 2015

Ohio’s Ag Districts and Agricultural Security Areas are important programs that help preserve farmland in Ohio. Here are five things you should know about Ag Districts and Ag Security Areas.

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Energy exploration has resulted in a large amount of new infrastructure in eastern Ohio.

LESSONS LEARNED Farmers talk about pros, cons of energy exploration

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Farmers hope others look to eastern Ohio to understand the opportunities and challenges it is facing and to prepare themselves as oil and gas development continues to expand westward.

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Eminent domain? Not so fast

Published Jul. 7, 2015

According to Dale Arnold, Ohio Farm Bureau's director of energy, utility and local government policy, pipelines being used to carry materials such as ethane and/or other natural gas liquids do not qualify for eminent domain as the laws are currently written and interpreted.

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Farm Bureau busy in the Statehouse, Congress

Published Jul. 7, 2015

State operating budget, transfer of nutrient management authority to ODA, agritourism, Trade Promotion Authority all being discussed before summer recess.

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Where we’re at with WOTUS

Published Jul. 7, 2015

American Farm Bureau said the 297-page final rule, which goes into effect 60 days after it is published in the Federal Register, broadened the scope of protected waters to include small streams and wetlands.

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Foundation announces scholarship recipients

Published Jul. 7, 2015

The foundation annually recognizes Ohio students for their academic effort, engagement in their communities and career interests that link agriculture to community service, education or scientific research.

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Water samples from Lake Erie.

Providing Input at Trends and Issues Conference

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Lake Erie provided the backdrop for Ohio Farm Bureau’s Trends and Issues Conference as OFBF members gathered to discuss how to improve the organization’s programs and policies.

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Legislators to go on the road to learn about ag issues

Published Jul. 7, 2015

House Speaker Cliff Rosenberger is convening an agricultural study committee that will travel around the state this summer to look at current ag issues.

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Youths encouraged to participate in state poultry skillathon contest

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Winners in the 10 age categories for the state poultry skillathon contest will represent the poultry industry in the Sale of Champions with one combined exhibit to represent all market and breeding chicken, turkey and waterfowl exhibitors.

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In a pinch for a part, OFBF member turns to Grainger

Published Jul. 7, 2015

Not only did Grainger have the part and ship it overnight but Miller received a discount on the order because Farm Bureau members get 10 percent off catalog items.

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Nationwide News Nationwide to sponsor Ag Hall of Fame event

Published Jul. 7, 2015

The event, held during the Ohio State Fair, will attract about 500 guests to honor these individuals for their lifetime of service and dedication to Ohio’s agriculture community.

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OFBF members urge legislators to take action on CAUV

Published Jun. 26, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau members helped get the word out to state legislators that they should take action to improve the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) formula.

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Ohio Youth Capital Challenge finalists to compete during state fair

Published Jun. 23, 2015

Four Ohio Youth Capital Challenge teams will compete Aug. 1 in the finals of the contest, which engages young people in community development citizenship. Sponsored by Ohio 4-H, Ohio FFA and Ohio Farm Bureau, the contest brings together youths age 14-18 from around the state to discuss community issues and concerns and then work together to propose policies and programs to solve the issues.

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County Farm Bureau annual meetings announced

Published Jun. 18, 2015

Every County Farm Bureau in Ohio holds an annual meeting to finish the county policy development process and vote on proposed policies to send on to the state level. Meetings are also a celebration of the past year and a great time to meet and catch up with other Farm Bureau members. Dates for the meetings have been announced. Contact you county for further details.

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Urgent: Action Needed Now on CAUV

Published Jun. 17, 2015

As the Ohio General Assembly considers the budget bill, there is an opportunity to put Ohio Farm Bureau's most recent recommendations into law.

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OFBF responds to high nitrate water warning in Columbus

Published Jun. 12, 2015

Farm Bureau members and staff responded quickly when the city of Columbus issued a high nitrate warning for water supplied by one of its three treatment plants.

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OFBF testifies about CAUV; tax department implements changes to formula

Published May. 29, 2015

With the Current Agricultural Use Value (CAUV) rates for 2015 expected to be released in a couple of weeks, Ohio Farm Bureau was asked to testify about CAUV and describe its latest set of recommendations for changes to the formula.

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The Food Dialogues®: Toledo

Published May. 21, 2015

Balancing Food Production and Clean Water

Join us on May 28 at 10 a.m. for the Livestream discussion, moderated by Emmy award-winning broadcast journalist Gail Hogan, featuring diverse panelists discussing the environmental, agricultural, social and economic aspects of this critical topic.

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Media campaign highlights farmers’ efforts to improve water quality

Published May. 4, 2015

The media campaign, rolled out in time for Earth Day (April 22), was one piece of Ohio Farm Bureau’s comprehensive $1 million Water Quality Action Plan.

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OFBF supports compensation adjustment for judges

Published May. 4, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau’s board voted recently to support pay increases for Ohio judges. In a briefing to the board, Ohio Supreme Court Justice Maureen O’Connor talked about her work to increase judicial pay.

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Status of Farm Bureau Priority Issues in Congress

Published May. 4, 2015

Updates on Waters of the U.S., Death Tax, GMO Labeling, Immigration Reform and Pesticide Regulation in or Near Water

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Opening global markets for Ohio farmers

Published May. 4, 2015

American Farm Bureau is advancing trade talks that could bring new market share for Ohio farm products.

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New e-newsletter for young ag professionals

Published May. 4, 2015

The “Growing Our Generation” e-newsletter will feature articles and insights put together by YAP guest editors with unique farms, jobs and perspectives.

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What you need to know about the commercial activity tax

Published May. 4, 2015

The CAT is an annual privilege tax levied “for the privilege of doing business in this state.” The CAT is a tax on gross receipts.

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FOOD DIALOGUES: TOLEDO Balancing food production and clean water

Published May. 4, 2015

A diverse panel of experts will discuss the environmental, agricultural, social and economic aspects of clean water and abundant food May 28 in Toledo from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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Deadline extended for local water quality project grants

Published May. 4, 2015

County Farm Bureaus will have more time to develop local partnerships and projects that help protect Ohio’s water resources.

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Nationwide News: Farm Safety 4 Just Kids works to expand its vision for safety

Published May. 4, 2015

The fact that agriculture has the second highest fatality rate among youth workers keeps Farm Safety 4 Just Kids (FS4JK) founder Marilyn Adams up at night.

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'Town Hall Ohio'

Published May. 4, 2015

Here are some excerpts of recent shows from influential leaders in Ohio

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Farmers need to certify conservation compliance by June 1

Published May. 4, 2015

June 1 is the deadline for farmers to file certification regarding highly erodible land and wetland conservation with their local U.S.Department of Agriculture service center.

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OFBF urges withdrawal of WOTUS rule

Published May. 1, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau has asked all Ohio members of the U.S. House of Representatives to support a bill that would require the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to withdraw its controversial Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS) rule.

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Township trustees can help landowners work through line fence disputes

Published Apr. 27, 2015

Spring is the season to check fences, and when farmers start to focus on them, questions to Ohio Farm Bureau begin to increase. Staff members have made two presentations so far focused on the township trustee role in the dispute process. In a nutshell: trustees can help you work through that dispute, according to Leah Curtis, Ohio Farm Bureau director of agricultural law.

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What you need to know about Ohio's new nutrient law

Published Apr. 23, 2015

On July 1, a new law goes into effect that will restrict the application of manure and fertilizer on frozen, snow-covered or saturated ground in the Western Lake Erie Basin (WLEB).

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How deer damage permit changes will affect farmers

Published Apr. 17, 2015

Saying it needs a healthier deer herd, the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) is reducing deer bag limits for 2015-2016 and limiting the availability of deer damage permits to certain times of the year.

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Why should you join AgriPOWER? My top six reasons to apply

Published Apr. 8, 2015

AgriPOWER Institute graduate Jenny Cox gives you six reasons to apply for AgriPOWER Class VI.

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AgriPOWER: Springboard to involvement, change

Published Apr. 6, 2015

A blog from recent AgriPOWER Institute Class VI graduate Kent Jorgenson about his experience in the program and why if you have ever wondered what more you can do for agriculture and your community, the AgriPOWER Institute is for you.

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How CAUV’s formula is changing

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The Department of Taxation accepted all of OFBF’s recommended changes: more closely tie tax values to current economic conditions in agriculture; include more recent data on crop mix, prices, yields and production costs, and better represent the true value of woodlands compared to cropland.

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Ohio Farm Bureau makes new CAUV formula suggestions to tax department

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Specifically, Ohio Farm Bureau suggested making the formula better reflect the value of land for farming and be less affected by nonfarm factors.

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An explanation of Ohio’s tax rates, millage

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio law allows for property taxes to be assessed on only 35 percent of the property’s value. Therefore, to determine the taxable value, you could multiply your appraised value by 0.35 to determine the value to which the tax rate will actually be applied.

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Working to preserve Ohio’s ag sales tax exemption

Published Apr. 3, 2015

OFBF’s Director of State Policy Brandon Kern testified recently about the need for Ohio’s agricultural sales tax exemption to stay intact. Part of the legislative process is to periodically review tax exemptions to see if changes should be made.

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Tell us your agritourism challenges

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Ohio Farm Bureau is seeking input from agritourism businesses on what types of challenges they are facing. Both the House and Senate have introduced agritourism bills, which are based on model legislation developed by Ohio Farm Bureau.

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Thousands of farmers receive fertilizer application certification

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Water quality is one of Ohio Farm Bureau’s priority issues this year, and thousands of farmers spent a few hours of their winter attending a fertilizer application certification class.

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Meeting with Boehner

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Nine OFBF members traveled to Washington, D.C. this winter for their first meeting as members of American Farm Bureau Federation’s Issue Advisory Committees.

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Wildlife Federation blames farmers exclusively

Published Apr. 3, 2015

In February, the National Wildlife Federation aired a commercial on Toledo radio stations that placed blame for algal blooms solely on farmers. Their message did not go unchallenged. Below is Ohio Farm Bureau's response to Collin O’Mara, president and CEO of NWF.

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Ohio revises home sewage treatment rules

Published Apr. 3, 2015

Under Ohio’s revised home sewage treatment rules, homeowners will not be required to replace their septic system “as long as there’s not sewage on the top of the ground, missing parts/pieces or backup in your home,” according to the Ohio Department of Health.

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Control your energy costs with AEP’s new farm energy efficiency program

Published Apr. 3, 2015

The program offers options and incentives to fund energy efficiency measures that will help farmers control their energy costs.

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